Blackstone is hoping to buy a 95-hectare UK site originally planned for Britishvolt’s battery factory and develop it into a major data centre complex in a £110m (€129m) bid.

The Northumberland County Council’s Cabinet disclosed in a meeting agenda that it is set to consider a transaction with Blackstone concerning the Northumberland Energy Park (NEP3) land site in Cambois, to enable the potential development of a hyperscale datacentre campus.

The council has scheduled a meeting on 23 April with an agenda item seeking cabinet approval for the NEP3 acquisition.  

If agreed, the council would receive up to £110m in “exchange for amending the buy-back option on the NEP3 land site, and use the proceeds to establish a fund which will drive investment, including in the economic corridor along our fantastic, new Northumberland Line”.

Council leader, councillor Glen Sanderson, said: “Driving growth and jobs is a key priority for this Council. Next week, cabinet will consider this really unique opportunity for Northumberland which offers a huge boost to the regeneration and renaissance of the local area.

“The project would represent a significant inward investment of up to £10bn, putting our County at the forefront of developments in the digital economy, and delivering over 1,600 direct jobs, including 1,200 long-term construction jobs, and over 2,700 indirect jobs over the course of the development.” 


An artist’s impression of how Britishvolt’s factory may have looked

NEP3, was initially designated as the location for a large-scale battery factory by Britishvolt, a UK battery startup that went bankrupt last year due to financial difficulties.

The planned £3.8bn factory in Blyth, which had the backing of the UK government, was expected to build enough cells each year for over 300,000 electric vehicle battery packs, equivalent to 25% of current UK vehicle manufacture.

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